LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) has granted a total of PHP19.95 million to 42 local government units (LGUs) in the Bicol region for their ecological solid waste management programs.
Director of DENR-EMB 5 (Bicol), Maria Socorro Abu, said in a phone interview on Friday that the funding will go to the construction of material recovery facilities and the acquisition of equipment, such as shredders, organic composter, and baler machine, and other needed facilities.
“The main objective of the grant is to minimize the wastes. Not all trash should be lodged at the disposal facilities, but only those residual wastes,” Abu said.
Each municipality will receive PHP475,000 in financial assistance, with the project implementation to be placed under close monitoring by DENR-EMB.
“It will be monitored by our office in close coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government,” Abu added.